The Erie Jr. Philharmonic is comprised of young musicians in grades five through twelve from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. These students represent 30 schools in the metropolitan area and surrounding counties.
Under the leadership of new Artistic Director and Conductor Jonathan Moser, the orchestra is poised and ready to enter an exciting new era of music making!
The Erie Jr. Philharmonic has been an orchestra for young people since 1953, and is the third oldest youth orchestra in the United States. Graduates are now playing in orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, and many other orchestras across the country.
The Erie Jr. Philharmonic offers weekly rehearsals, sectional coaching, and advanced chamber ensembles for members of the string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections of the orchestra. Performance opportunities include annual winter and spring concerts, a tour of schools, ensemble performances, an annual concerto competition, and a performance with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Artistic Director and Conductor
Artistic Director and Conductor
Jonathan Moser – conductor, violinist, violist, vocalist and teacher – has loved music ever since childhood when he would sit under the family piano listening to his parents and grandmother playing Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. His formal musical education began at five years old as a violin student, an education he pursued through a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Shenandoah University and a Master of Music in Performance degree from Arizona State University, with additional Doctoral studies in performance. Mr. Moser has enjoyed working with many outstanding teachers including Dara Morales, Katie McLin, James Stern, Sergiu Schwartz, Linda Cerone, and Ronda Cole, and he has performed in master classes with Jaime Laredo, Claude Frank, Sylvia Rosenberg, Shlomo Mintz, and Sergiu Luca.
During his studies, Mr. Moser enjoyed minoring in voice, studying viola, and discovering his love of conducting. Now entering his second year as director of the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra, he has already enjoyed leading the orchestra into new and exciting adventures. He has expanded the performance schedule to include three full symphonic concerts and is accompanying the opera as well. He instituted an annual concerto competition, led the ensemble through the shift from a chamber group to a full symphony, and has exponentially expanded the membership. Summers, he can be found working as the Orchestra Program and Adjudication Director for the Philadelphia International Music Festival where he organizes and oversees between 7-10 orchestras reaching four to five hundred students. Recent prior posts include Orchestra Director at Kutztown University and Music Director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra. Before moving to Philadelphia, he was the Director of Orchestras and Instructor of Music at Westminster College and served as Adjunct Faculty for Grove City College. He has also been the Director of Music at University Presbyterian Church, Providence Presbyterian Church, and Proclamation Presbyterian Church.
An active performer, Mr. Moser regularly concertizes with chamber ensembles, as a recitalist, and with orchestras. This year he begins his tenure as Principal Second Violin with the Erie Philharmonic. Mr. Moser also will be performing as Soloist with the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra and the Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra. This year he will also be performing at SUNY Fredonia and in Virginia. This past December 2016, Mr. Moser enjoyed the opportunity to participate in an expansive ten city orchestra tour of China. For two years he toured extensively with Sandip Burman – an internationally renowned tabla artist. Mr. Moser was also a member of the Wheeling Symphony, Music at Ethical: Concerts on the Square players and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Mr. Moser has served as concertmaster for Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Music on the Edge, the Erie Philharmonic, and Musica Nova, among others. He has served as Principal Second with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Wheeling Symphony. Mr. Moser was winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Solo Competition, the Philadelphia College of Bible Solo Competition (2 years), the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Solo Competition, the Shenandoah University Concerto competition, and was a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloists Competition. Mr. Moser was a founding member of the Arizona State University’s Katherine K. Herberger Graduate String Quartet.
Stay tuned for exciting new information for our 2018-19 season!
Leanne Wistrom, Woodwind Ensemble Director
Alex Hake, Staff Liaison
Brad Amidon, Percussion Ensemble Director
Brenda Dolwick, Publicity Director
Howard Lyon, String Ensemble Director
John Szymanski, Stage Manager
Noel Burgoyne, Chair Emeritus
Gena Kuntz, Librarian
Tom New, Vice President, Education
Carolyn Sheldon, President, Parents Organization
Marshall Fryer, Chair
Richard Elberfeld, Vice President, Parents Organization
Jonathan Moser, Artistic Director and Conductor
Robert Dolwick, Artistic Director Emeritus & Brass Ensembles Director
Julie Lewis, Jr. Phil Parent & Former Jr. Phil Musician
Lucia Doyle, Erie Phil Board of Governors
Jennifer Jansen, Prelude & Intermezzo String Ensemble Director
Janet Preston, Business Manager
Erie Jr. Philharmonic Office
23 West 10th Street, Suite 3
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 455-1375 ext. 24 (phone)
(814) 455-1377 (fax)
Business Manager/Audition Information
Carolyn Sheldon, President
Steering Commititee, Donations
Marshall Fryer, Chair
The Erie Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra relies on private and corporate donations to cover operating expenses.